April 4

And so the first question that the Levite asked was, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

That’s the question before you tonight. Not, “If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to all of the hours that I usually spend in my office every day and every week as a pastor?”

The question is not, “If I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me?”

“If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?”

That’s the question.

Martin Luther King Jr., April 3, 1968

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  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Where’s Dr. King when we need him?

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Martyrdom, that’s where

  • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com/ Geds

     Martyrdom, that’s where

    And, unfortunately, now that he can’t speak for himself the very people he decried are making him speak for them.

  • Hibiscus9914514

    Wonderful quote! Thank you.

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  • http://www.metagalacticllamas.com/ Triplanetary

    It’s downright blasphemous the way modern GOP pundits and politicians pretend that King would have been a conservative Republican today. Their reasoning is always, “We occasionally use humanitarian arguments as a superficial justification for our war profiteering and corporate pillaging, so King would totally have supported us!” But King didn’t accept superficially benevolent justifications for ultimately malicious acts. So no, he wouldn’t have. He wouldn’t have supported Operation Iraqi Freedom just because it has “freedom” in the name. He was smarter than that.

  • rm

    What a telling contrast with subject of the previous post.

  • JessicaR

    I almost miss our semi-troll popping up to wag their finger at Fred for pointing out at all the icky socialist things King said, instead of just paying the proper toothless tribute out how is legacy was to tell people to be nice to each other, and racism ended forever in 1964 anyway…